This picture of a highway sign outside of Mecca is symbolic of the system of Apartheid that distinguishes Muslims and non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Much like the Jim Crow laws of the old South, Saudi law creates a two-tier society in which non-Muslims are denied the right to practice their religion, travel freely, and even be buried on Saudi soil.
Religious and ethnic minorities in the Muslim world are endangered peoples. Their plight varies from country to country, but they are oppressed under the traditional
perception of non-Muslims as dhimmi, “people of the pact” who are granted temporary toleration if they submit to Muslim rule.